Sleepless nights, mild panic attacks and a constant headache – These are all the symptoms of exam stress. Lack of confidence, good focus in studies and/or shortage of time could be the reason why a student may suffer from exam stress. The worst part is that some bright students, who actively participate in class discussions and ace their assignments, end up getting a bad grade in their tests or final exams due to exam stress, which disrupts their focus. Therefore, before proceeding with the preparation for some big test, there are some tips which every student should know.
While the standardized testing system has some major flaws, what most students which aren’t able to perform well in their exams do not realize that some fault lies with the way they study. First of all, you should realize that there is a major difference between studying for the sake of learning and studying for the sake of giving exams. We all know that the purpose of exams is to ensure whether the students have thoroughly studied the entire recommended syllabus or not, and how much they actually understood. Therefore, when preparing for the tests, there are certain techniques and strategies that you need to apply in order to ace them. The most important ones include:
Create a Timetable:
Create a weekly timetable for studying. Assign different subjects to different days of the week, and give more weightage (days) to subjects which you feel like you’re weak at.
List down the most important topics to cover for your exam(s). Don’t just jump right into your notes, instead go through them once and familiarize yourself with the topics you need to cover.
Revision is very important if you need to remember the little important details of the topics that you have already studied. Think about what you study every now and then to assimilate and remember better.
Respect Your Mind and Body:
Don’t forget that you’re only human, not a machine. Take breaks from time to time, read your favorite book, go out for fresh air or watch some TV.And don’t forget to eat and sleep well! Make sure to get enough rest.
Organize combined-study sessions with your batch-mates and engage in group review of the topics.
Go Through Past Papers:
Make sure to get your hands on past papers. Go through them, solve them and try to detect any recurring topics, and make sure that you pay extra attention on them.
Believe in Yourself!
Finally, don’t forget to take deep breaths and keep telling yourself, “You can do this!